Friday Face-Off – Riders

Hey All! Right now (as I am writing this) its 1:07 AM! This is the earliest I have ever written this tag.  By the time it posts I will be at Comic Con!!! I am super excited! But, because of the Con, I won’t be posting and commenting much this weekend! I will catch up with everyone on Monday!

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“Live in the saddle. Die on the hog.”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring riders.

My Choice: Eragon

Christopher Paolini is going to be at Comic Con!! I am going to try and get his signature! In honor of Comic Con and Christopher Paolini I chose Eragon this week! I was able to find a cover where Eragon is riding Saphira!

Covers:

Bonnier Carlsen 2005 | Alfred A. Knopf 2005 | Knopf Books 2003 | Laurel Leaf Library 2006
Libri Oro RCS 2005 | Corgi 2007 | Rosmen Press 2013 | Doubleday Childrens 2013
Trẻ 2004 | cbj 2009 | 2006 | Paolini International 2002
نشر زهره 2006 | Trẻ 2004 | Ранок 2005 | Seizansha/Tsai Fong Books 2011

Least Favorites:

Favorites:

Winner:

Eragon01

It was super hard to pick a winner!  Of the favorites I chose, the 2nd one is the copy I have.  The 3rd one is awesome but its kind of Norse mythology feeling and that doesn’t really fit the book.  The 4th I LOVE the art work but he kind of looks like he slayed the dragon which isn’t right either.  But Saphira looks so cute! It is so close to being my favorite, but I can’t get over that he looks too dragon-slayer ish.

Which one is your favorite? Do you agree with my pick? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Face-Off: Stormy Sky

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“Raining Cats and Dogs”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a stormy sky.

My Choice: Frey

I debated between Frey and The Lightning Thief this week, but I have already done a Percy Jackson book for this meme so I went with Frey!

Covers:

Smashwords 2011 | Lulu 2011 | CreateSpace 2015

My least favorite this week is Lulu 2011.  The girl is just standing so awkwardly on the cover and it just looks unnatural.

Winner:

Frey_mech_fnl.indd

I LOVE this cover! It is super bad ass and beautiful!!  The book itself was just ok, but I absolutely adore this cover!

Which one is your favorite? Do you agree with my pick? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Face-Off: Creeping Vines

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“Clinging and invasive.

This weeks theme: A cover featuring creeping vines.

My Choice: Uprooted

Covers:

Del Rey 2015 | Macmillan 2015 | Macmillan 2016 | Planeta 2016
cbj 2016 | Nemira 2017 | Gabo 2016 | Algoritam 2016
Книжковий Клуб 2017 | Tänapäev 2016 | Mladinska knjiga 2017 | נובה 2016
노블마인 2017 | 天地出版社 2017 |  静山社 2016 | 静山社 2016

This was the easiest theme in a while but I still had trouble picking a book! Not because I couldn’t find one, but because I found a couple good ones and I didn’t want to have to choose!  Some of my other options were Inkdeath, Princess Bride, and Princess Academy.

Least Favorite Covers:

Favorite Covers:

I own the left cover and love it.  It has that fairy tale vibe, and incorporates a lot of the aspects of the story. I also love the way the right cover looks but it is a little too Hansel and Gretel ish for me.

Winner:

Uprooted

Which one is your favorite? Do you agree with my pick? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Face-Off: Footsteps

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“Trip trap, trip trap, trip trap.

This weeks theme: A cover featuring footsteps

My Choice: Maniac Magee

Covers:

Scholastic 2002 | Little, Brown Books Nov 1990 | Little, Brown Books Apr 1990 | Little, Brown Books 2014
Editura Arthur 2014| McDougal Littel 1996 | Mondadori 1994 | HarperCollins 1992
Turtleback Books 1992 | Collins Educational 1993 | HarperCollins 1996 | Dressler 2000
Unknown | Mondadori 2012 | Editora 34 2009 | Dareun/ Tsai Fong 2007

I struggled a bit this week understanding the theme.  What is considered a footstep on a cover?  To me, a footstep is an action or a sound, which doesn’t translate well to a static cover.  Is the theme supposed to be footprints? Someone walking or running, paused mid step? Just featuring feet in general?  My guess is that it means footprints but I can’t find a cover that fit, so I chose one featuring someone running and therefore they are taking steps with their feet.

Least Favorites:

Favorites:

The middle cover is the one I read (probably in middle school).  I didn’t notice at first but in the third cover his toes are sticking out of the shoe!

Winner:

Maniac01

I don’t really have a reason for liking this one best, I just do!

Which one is your favorite? Do you agree with my pick? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Face-Off: Gravestones

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs.

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a gravestone

My Choice: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Covers:

Imania 2013 | Epublibre 2017 | Betascript Publishing 2010 | Quirk Classics 2009
Quirk Books 2009 | Quirk Books 2015 | Flammarion 2009 | Heyne Verlag 2010
Leda Edge 2016 | Pocket 2014 | Астрель 2010 | Gruner&Jahr 2010

Have you read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? I loved it! Its fun and different and makes Elizabeth into even more of a bad a$$ than she already is! The movie is pretty bad but I still like it, its kind of a guilty pleasure for me!

Least Favorites:

The first one the zombie parts are too cartoony compared to the realistic lady.  The second one is too gross, I don’t like that her guts are exposed.

Favorites:

This is a hard one! The first cover has perfect expressions for both Lizzy and Darcy! but it is a little cartoony. I love the second cover but its the movie cover and I feel like I shouldn’t like it.  The third is the best with an actual Zombie on it, but it doesn’t have Lizzy and Darcy.

Winner:

Zombie01

This one is a little childish for the story-line but I think it is still my favorite.  I just love the expressions on their faces and the tombstone in the background!

Which one is your favorite? Do you agree with my pick? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Face-Off: Dinosaurs

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a dinosaur(s)

My Choice: Jurassic Park

I know this is a pretty boring choice, but the only books I have read with dinosaurs on the cover are “Don’t Forget Dexter” and “All My Friends are Dead” and they don’t have multiple covers! So I am going to go with the classic today!

Covers:

Knopf Publishing Group 1909 | Garzanti 1990 | Random House 1991 | Arrow 1991
Plaza & Janés 1991 | Euroclub 1991 | Ballantine 1991 | Best Seller 1991
Deutscher Bücherbund Stuttgart 1991 | Published 1992 | Círculo de Lectores 1992 | Bra Spänning 1992
הד ארצי הוצאה לאור 1992 | Bell 1992 | Tammi 1992 | Robert Laffont 1992
Alfred a Knopf 1993 | Tatran 1993 | Magyar Könyvklub 1993 | Вагриус 1993
Вагриус 1993 | Ballantine Books 1993 | Wiken 1993 | Vallardi 1993
Dufisão Cultural 1993 | İnkılâp Kitabevi 1993 | Círculo do Livro 1993 | Kupar 1994
Garzanti 1995 | Arrow Books 1996 | Emecé 1996 | Ballantine Books 1997
Droemer/Knaur 1999 | Superpocket 1999 | Эксмо-Пресс 2001 | Droemer Knaur 2001
Het Laatste Nieuws 2003 | Бард 2003 | DeBolsillo 2004 | Амфора 2005
Garzanti 2006 | Arrow Books 2006 | Goldmann 2007 | Easton Press 2008
Alfred A. Knopf 2009 | Pocket 2009 | Амфора 2010 | Garzanti 2010
Albatros 2011 | Ballantine Books 2012 | Perfection Learning 2012 | Ballantine Books 2012
Heyne 2013 | Амфора 2013 | DEBOLS!LLO 2015 | 花山文艺出版社 2015
Garzanti 2015 | Эксмо 2015 | Editora Aleph 2015 | Эксмо 2015
Obuolys 2015 | Arrow Books 2015 | Dream Books 2015 | دار اكتب  2015
Pro Book 2015 | Видавнича група КМ-БУКС 2017 | Leda 2017| 新雨出版社 2017

I am surprised and impressed with the lack of movie covers.  There are really only two that seem like movie covers to me.  (Tatran 1993 and Heyne 2013).  I was also impressed with how many good covers there are! There is a decent amount of variety and there are very few I don’t like.

Worst Covers:

Best Covers:

Special Mention:

J20

This cover is just so ridiculous that I needed to call it out! It doesn’t fit into the worst or best categories, its just … different.

Winner:

J62

This was an impossible decision to pick just one!  I really like all of the “Best Covers.” But my eye kept coming back to this one.  I like the contrast of the red and the white and the black, and I like the little butterfly that looks like it is about to be eaten.

Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my pick? Let me know in the comments!

 

Friday Face-Off: Hands / May the 4th be with you

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

A Hand without a hand? A bad jape, sister.

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a hand/hands.

My Choice: Han Solo at Stars’ End

I know! I know! The theme is “Hands” not “May the 4th be with you” But today is Star Wars day and it would be blasphemous not to do a Star Wars post.  Plus, the super famous “Han Solo Stance” kinda features his hand … on a blaster.

220px-Han_Solo_depicted_in_promotional_image_for_Star_Wars_(1977)

That is literally the first picture that comes up when you google “Han Solo” It totally counts!

Covers:

Del Rey Sept 1979 | Del Rey March 1979| Del Rey 1980 | Sphere 1979
Mondadori 1980 | Amber 1996 | Fleuve Noir 2005 | İthaki Yayınları 2005
Del Rey Jan 1979 | Pendragon Könyvkiadó 1992 | Эксмо 2000 | Bruna 1980

Most of the covers are just variations of the original cover (Del Rey Jan 1979) with the “Han Solo Stance”, Chewbacca, with the two moons behind them. I do like that cover but its kind of old and out dated looking. Even tho it only came out a year later, I like the Del Rey 1980 cover much better.

Winner:

Han03

Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my pick? Do you love Han Solo too? Let me know in the comments!